Delissa brings in Christmas cash
By ADAM HICKS firstname.lastname@example.org THE self-styled 'cash daddy', trainer John Livingstone, started living up to his name when his mare Delissa claimed the Professional Invest Christmas Cup (1516m) at the Lismore races yesterday.
The $7 chance jumped cleanly against a small field that comprised mainly Lismore Cup starters to sit on the rails two lengths behind the pacesetters, the favourite Rainbow's View ($1.30) and Simply Viv ($11).
Coming into the home straight, Delissa got a clean run as Rainbow's View faded badly and Simply Viv went clear.
Delissa found plenty and took the lead 200 metres out but Simply Viv fought back and Sun and Sand put in a late burst to create a three-way charge at the post.
Delissa scored a long head win from Simply Viv, with Sun And San a further half-length behind third. New Zealand horse Stravigent ($6) sat outside Delissa for most of the race but was found wanting for speed in the straight.
It hung on to finish fourth, with Argyle Gem ($8) fifth. Rainbow's View finished a disappointing last in her first start since running third in the Lismore Cup, in which Delissa ran ninth.
Before the Cup, Livingstone warned that if his eight-year-old grey had a good barrier on a good track, she could win at any odds.
But heavy rain in the morning slowed the track and she was checked early on.
The quality run yesterday against a classy field backed up Livingstone's faith.